Ex-detective admits faking records

A former Metropolitan Police detective constable from Hastings who specialised in rape and sexual assault cases has admitted faking police records and failing to investigate complaints properly.

Ryan Coleman-Farrow, 30, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of misconduct in a public office at Southwark Crown Court.

The charges relate to rape and sexual assault investigations between January 2007 and September 2010 while he was a Met officer.

He admitted entering on the police computer that the Crown Prosecution Service had advised that charges should be dropped in rape cases, when no such instruction had been given.

Coleman-Farrow also failed to get witness statements, falsified witness statements and did not send exhibits for analysis.

In one rape case he falsely claimed the alleged victim had dropped support for proceeding with charges, and in another that forensic tests on exhibits were negative, when they had not been carried out.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told the court that in “almost all” of the 13 cases involved, no proceedings had resulted, and the investigations included 12 complainants and 11 suspects.

Coleman-Farrow, from St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, entered guilty pleas to each charge.

The case was adjourned Coleman-Farrow was bailed until October 11, but told it was “no indication” of what his sentence would be.

Mr Heywood said it is understood that Coleman-Farrow’s physical condition at the time of the charges will form part of his mitigation when he is sentenced.